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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

For Your Convenience: Skateboard Indoors

Because you demanded it: a short term decision to make up for the fact that there's still no replacement for the Deerpath Park skate park. You want to go outside and skateboard? Too bad, you're going to have to wait until the bureaucratic process meanders to a halt. Here's the press release:

GUELPH, ON, May 26, 2010 – The closing of Guelph's Deerpath Park skateboard area has led the City to partner with the Ward Skatepark to offer skateboarding for public use this summer.

"We have certainly heard from our young citizens on this issue," said Ann Pappert, Director of Community Services. "With the removal of the equipment from Deerpath Park, we explored interim options to provide our youth with a venue to skateboard."

The City has negotiated an agreement with the Ward Skatepark to rent space on weekdays in July on a trial basis. As part of this pilot initiative, staff will monitor participation and decide whether to extend the agreement for the month of August while school is out for the summer.

The Ward Skatepark has been recognized as one of the province's premier indoor skateboarding venues and has been featured in numerous magazines. The park features a variety of obstacles that meet the needs of beginners and expert skateboarders. It has knowledgeable and trained staff on hand to support a safe and fun experience.

The park will offer sessions for under-12 and beginner skateboarders throughout the summer, along with sessions for older and experienced riders.

The Deerpath Park skateboard equipment is in storage until a new location is found. The City has initiated a City-wide study to find an appropriate new location for the skateboard area, assisted by a working group of residents from across the city, Youth Council and Neighbourhood Coalition representatives and facility users.

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